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Issue 23: 28 April 2024
Microfiction: 52 words
By Guy Biederman

Tipping the King


“Where do 60 years together go when she’s gone,” Walt wonders. “If there are angels on earth, call them Nurses.”

You’ve never beaten Walt at chess.

Today’s looking no different.

You move.

Hospice gazing, he tips his king. It rolls on its side, Queen still standing.

Any day now.


Guy Biederman
Issue 23 (April 2024)

is the author of six books, including Translated from the Original: One-Inch Punch Fiction (Nomadic Press, 2022), Nova Nights (Nomadic Press, 2021), Edible Grace (KYSO Flash Press, 2019), and Soundings & Fathoms (Finishing Line Press).

His stories have appeared in many journals such as Bull, Carve, The Disappointed Housewife, The Ekphrastic Review, Flash Frontier, Flashback Fiction, great weather for Media, KYSO Flash, MacQueen’s Quinterly, Riddled with Arrows, and Exposition Review, where he was twice a Flash 405 winner. His work has recently received a Publisher’s Choice Award and an Editor’s Choice Award, and has been nominated for Best of The Net.

A former peace corps volunteer, gardener, and college creative-writing instructor, Guy lives on a houseboat with his wife and salty cat, and walks the planks daily.

Author’s website: https://www.guybiederman.com/

Author’s blog: This Day Afloat: Reflections of Life on the Water

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